Bookings Central
Bookings Central
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6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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Bookings Central Tours & Safari is a Zanzibar Islands tours Company that specializes in customized tours, safaris, Mt. Kilimanjaro trekking, Holiday rentals, hotels, B&B’s and ground transfers.
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Alina
5 contributions
The food is very good, the owner is friendly and knows how to run his business.
We’ve been here for the second time and it was not disappointing.
Written 7 January 2023
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Killian P
1 contribution
Dec 2022
0/10 would not book or recommend.

After being picked up from our hotel by the driver who was supposed to drive us to the boat, we were very concerned as he pulled over multiple times and made side trips that involved stopping the car, other people coming up to the car, him passing them mysterious baggies and receiving cash in return. Upon arriving at the location where we were supposed to launch, we were already deeply uncomfortable. To make matters worse the boat that was supposed to take us over was in poor condition and the drinking water we were supposed to use was bug infested.

At this point everything so far had been so bad that were not comfortable getting on the boat and decided to cancel the trip and asked our driver to take us back to our hotel. Importunely the "excitement" didn't there. On the drive home our driver got in a car accident then got in a physical fight with three men from the other vehicle. This fight carried over into our vehicle as we were in the back seat. The driver appeared to have stolen the keys to the vehicle that hit us. It seems likely that the "accident" was intentional.

Overall, this booking was a nightmare and a traumatizing experience and not at all what we paid for. I would not recommend this to anyone.
Written 28 December 2022
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Kris B
Broadstairs, UK370 contributions
A great interesting and informative trip; well worth the 1.25 hour drive from the hotel. Booked via Viator in UK: Picked up on time by English speaking driver. Taken to Stone Town to meet great guide, again good English boarding a small boat we headed out to Prison island, past Snake island which we passed on. This was the only negative of the trip as I found getting on and off the boat difficult as I have issues lifting my legs high but no issues walking.
There is no provision for this however the boatman and guide were great help if not amused.

Having got to the island without seeing myself laughing, I then had to get out; another dilemma! Freedom from the boat, we walked up a wooded walkway into the pens where the giant tortoises live and have done for over a hundred years since being introduced by the Seychelles. Mummy T has since passed way but Daddy has been very busy,,,,,,,,. They love to be petted behind the head and of course, fed.

The prison is now a ruin with fantastic views and was where yellow fever cases where sent to to recover although from our observation, died……..

Back we went. To Stone Town where we wandered through the streets, passed the home of Freddie (Freddie Mercury of Queen) yes he came from Zanzibar for those not in the know).

Passed many doors being educated by what the meaning of the carvings meant. 4 roses meaning a very busy man, like a tortoise, many wives!

The fort was introduced by the Portuguese and is where slaves were brought and sold under a 100 years ago. You can buy nic-nacs to take home here or a huge mask as we did. Thank goodness the guide carried for us. Tour is approx 4 hours long plus the travelling there and back but well worth it. Excellent day out.
Written 16 October 2022
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Samara R
1 contribution
We were on a tour with Ali and Fatima. It was really informative, he could answer all our questions and it was all well organized. We felt very comfortable! We would like to thank you for the great tour, which we enjoyed very much :-)
Written 22 August 2022
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David R
7 contributions
The tour took so much time . It was a bad management of time and completely unnecessary !
I would advise people to NOT take this tour .

First , when we got the island we were given several times for like . First 11:30 , 12:00 , 12:30 . The food didn’t come until 1:30 . Many of guest weee exhausted waiting for food . The food was sitting until everything was cooked . The food was disgusting and COLD .

I was so disappointed in the service , the laced attitude , and to have everyone waiting just get to cold food was a disaster !
Written 15 August 2022
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Zanzibar local tour guide
Tanzania48 contributions
It's the most famous place in zanzibar found in weste of island in unguja it's natural and beautiful place to stay and see it and visit it's found centre of the ocean when it's high tide it's surrounded by the ocean and when it's low tide you can see the shore which is very nice
Written 2 August 2022
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Marilyn M
New York City, NY4 contributions
Jul 2022
Nakupenda means "I Love You" because of the shape of the sand bank island. The sand was white, water blue and it was a great stop for a swim and sun.
Written 28 July 2022
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sara
Littleborough, UK8 contributions
We paid £112.84 in total for this trip for 2. Then had to pay 11,500 TSH per person to get into the slave exhibition. Which wasn’t worth the money as just placards on a wall, all information readily available on the internet. Feel this exhibition should be included in the price already paid.

Our guide Yakoub was knowledgeable. And the boat driver friendly.

The driver picked us up on time, but played loud music going and coming back from stone town, I had to ask him to turn the music down. On the way back we saw red Columbus monkeys on the trees. I asked the driver to stop so we could take a photo, but as I got my camera ready he drove off stating tomorrow he would bring us to the forest- something which we had previously conversed we would of liked to see but made no plans with this company or the driver.

The tortoise are lovely, but on leaving the locals on the island ask for money to support the turtles….when we have paid already to see them in the first instance.

Stone town was steeped in history. But on entering the Portuguese fort, again- locals asking for money to support their fort. In stone town along the promenade we were followed, every time Yakoub stopped to speak to us so too did the men around. Found this a little unsettling.
Written 23 March 2022
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Patricia
Paris, France5 contributions
Not worth the visit it you travel from far away. The food is absolutely below average, prices are very high and the place is cute at best. big disappointment.

I would only recommend it for an early evening sunset drink if you are already nearby.

Another touristic spot that got its fame only God knows why.
Written 21 January 2022
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ZanzibartourGuide1
Zanzibar City, Tanzania1 contribution
It was amazing experience have fun enjoying the beach with BBQ food lunch.
And good time to go is early morning to escape from be crouded.
Written 2 October 2021
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